I. Thessalonians 5: 24 The apostle Paul knows he does not beseech God in vain. He who calls you to the Christian faith is faithful to fulfill his promises “Faithful is he that calleth you,” (v.24)
God’s calling is the beginning of a series which finishes in glorification “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Ro.8:30) (
The Christian needs faith in God to watch and wait, to work and walk in the day of darkness “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” (Heb.11:7)
Let us take a look at the characteristics of God’s faithfulness. The Lord performs what he promises.”And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.” (Jos.3:17)
God promises many things to his people in his Word. He promises most solemnly, and as it were by oath. He made promises to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Israel and the new covenant sealed by the blood of Christ. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” (Elp..1:7)
God also promises by his actions. “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Jer.:31:33)
God’s faithfulness means that he will not lie. God is true to himself “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”
His consistency and immutability are the grounds of his faithfulness. Because he is true to himself he will be true to us, “The mercy of the Lord endureth for ever” (Ps.136:2)
God justifies the confidence of his children. Faithfulness implies trust in God “ thy faith hath made thee whole”
If we can commit our soul to God as to a faithful Creator, he will accept our trust, and thereby pledge his honour not to desert us “as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Jos.1:5)
We have grounds for believing in God’s faithfulness. Our knowledge of the nature of God. “ God is love” according to (I.Jh.4:8)
If we believe in God at all, we must believe in him as moral good and perfect “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Mt.5:480
A weak and limited being may fail and change. God is to great to be faithless.
The testimony of those who can best speak for God. We judge of a person’s character largely on the evidence of those who have the most intimate acquaintance.
We have prophets and people of God who are nearest to God in thought and life most positive in asserting God’s faithfulness.
The evidence afforded by the the life of Christ. Keep in mind Jesus was the great reveler of the character of God, Jesus was faithful even to death.
The witness of history to the great faithfulness of God; the deliverance from Egypt, the advent of Christ, the presence of Christ in his church to guide and strengthen and bless “ And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against “ (Mt.16:18)
The confirmation of his personal experience. Many have proved God’s faithfulness in there own lives. They can say “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” (Ps.34:6)
There is Temptation to doubt God’s faithfulness. The weary time of waiting. God does not fulfill his promises as soon as he makes them.
Long intervals try our expectation of the second advent. Our heart is sickened when of hope is deferred. But this doubt is as foolish as that of one who, seeing the morning to be long in coming, begins to distrust the promise of sunrise “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:” (Ac.2:16.17)
Appearances of unfaithfulness. Nothing tires love so painfully as the necessity of so acting as to provoke doubts of its own constancy. Ye the truest love will not shrink from this necessity when it arise. “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” (Jh.19:30)
God seems to desert us, or he visits us in chastisement. It is his greater faithfulness that leads him so to act to cloud our vision of his love.
God does not always fulfill his promises in the way we expect. Then we are disappointed “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.” (Jon.4:1)
But the error was in our previous delusion, not in any change on God’s part “For I am the LORD, I change not;” ((Mal.3:6)
The true Divine fulfillment, though at first less pleasing to us than our expectation of it, always proves in the long run to be far better “there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.”(II.Cor.12:7,8)